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Who is she?

I see my entire journey as an artist and musician as a road to developing and understanding purpose

~ Red Robyn

I haven’t done a feature blog in forever, this being one of the very many reasons that I’m particularly stoked about this one. I think it is fitting that I published this considering that it is our National Youth day. In hope that this can inspire our youth to chase their dreams, work hard and remain humble.

Journey with me as we explore and get to know an artist and a musician whose popularity is gaining all the right kinds of momentum on our social media streets.

Her music, authentic pic gallery, sentimentality and kind nature are just a few of the stitches that make the Red Robyn quilt.

I was privileged enough to make her acquaintance and felt obliged to do this feature. The world needs to know about her so please stay with us till the end.

The Gist

Name: Ashleigh Robyn De Gee
Age: 22
Hometown: Bluff, Durban South Africa
Schools attended: Brighton Beach Primary & Grosvenor Girls High School
Tertiary institute attended: University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN)

Course studied
: Bachelor of Arts in Music and Drama performance and currently an honors student in drama and performance studies (#Levels)

  • Gardening
  • Flower arrangements
  • Drawing
  • Collaging with old pictures (can you see why I was instantly drawn to her? but wait! there’s more)

Favorite food (My favorite question): Pasta & Curries
Favorite artists ( I was sold when she answered this question): 

  • Nai Palm from Haitus Kayote
  • Erykah Badu
  • Corine Bailey Rae
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Chance the rapper
  • Nomane gypsy

Find her interesting yet? read along for more insight.If love, light and sentimentality is what you’re about, you are going to be blown away!

Q & A’s – getting to know Red robyn

Q: When did you know you that you wanted to pursue the Arts?
A: I always knew [that] I wanted to be in the arts, from about 4/5 years old.
I always loved to draw, dance and sing. I come from a family [that] was always surrounded by music so it was an easy decision for me to make.

I’ve always loved how music and the arts can speak to hearts in a very personal way. I knew [that] I wanted to be able to bring healing to people through music and the arts. Now its just about being faithful to the journey as a full time artist.

Q: Why the stage name Red Robyn
A: My second name is Robyn, after my grandfather. His name was Robin which comes from the Robin bird. I’m obsessed with symbolism and meaning so I went searching for the meaning of the Robin Bird. I came across a story of the Red Robin Bird and how it supposedly got it’s colour from sitting on Jesus’ [peace and blessings upon him] head when he died. I thought it meant that there is beauty in everything and the name stuck with me. I just thought it would be a name that would always encourage me to be bold even though I may be small/ of little importance. (you’re going to touch the world I say)

I’m so deep about everything hahaha. I literally have a story and a reason for everything.

(How special is this?)

Q: Walk us through some of the struggles/ challenges you face as an upcoming artist

A: There has definitely been hard times. Currently, I am a full-time, free lance artist and it can be difficult financially as gigs don’t always pay very well. Being an independent artist also means that you are your own PR, your own manager, events coordinator and stylist you know .. its all you. It can be overwhelming sometimes to have to always believe in yourself and carry your own name. It definitely pays off though, nothing can replace all the lifelong friendships made and the people who have been impacted by the live gigs and the music online. I never thought even 50 people would listen to my music but I am constantly surprised by all the love. ( and here’s to plenty more love, light and support

She makes the struggle look beautiful

Q: What are some of the projects you’ve worked on and/or will be working on?

A: In the last few months I have been working on an experimental musical (film) with the AFDA ( South African school of Motion Picture medium and live performances) students of the Durban North branch. (Click Here to watch the trailer). I have also been working on a collaborative mix tape with my musical partner and boy friend, Jaedon Daniel ( def an awww moment) who is the founder of the BLVCK crystals. We also went up to Cape Town in March [2017] to record two brand new singles with Red Bull Studios CPT, that was probably the craziest coolest experience, a momentous time for both of our careers.

In the next few months I will be working on a solo album and a few more collabs , as well as a staged musical production.

( Well I simply cannot wait!)

Q: What are your future aspirations ( the answer to this was so inspiring)

A: My ultimate dream is to develop a syllabus that uses the 7 intelligence theory as a foundation for developing the strengths in students from as young as 5. I see my entire journey as an artist and musician as a road to developing and understanding purpose, that will then be put into practice through the development of the syllabus. I would also like to win a Grammy , just for just hahaha. Each day presents new challenges so I try not to expect anything but to rather be open to everything. I think purpose and destiny are the two things that keep me moving forward though.

Let’s wrap it up 

My say

If you had to ask me who Red Robyn is, I will tell you that she is a movement, a force to be reckoned with. 

Red Robyn, May your journey be fruitful and may you always remain as true, dedicated and humble as you are. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity of doing this feature on you. #bless

What an amazing feature and now you can understand why I am so excited about this piece.

Please show some love, you can gain access to the links of Red Robyn’s music by visiting her Facebook page @redrobynmusic

❤️ and 💡🌈 always from just an ordinary girl 

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John Paka : His-story

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a review of any kind.  Ok I lie, it’s been ages! 

There’s no kidding that there is tons of talent outchea, Locally that is, and this year I plan to feature as many as I possible can! 

I had the pleasure of befriending an extremely talented and humble soul. 

Now you guys know when I’m inspired, I write lol and so I just need to put it out there, that this dude is  🔥. You might not know him yet but please, remember his name 😎you will thank me one day! 

He is Itumeleng John Paka, a 26 year old okie from Bloem. He is a musician and an actor. He shares a birthday with the legendary Madiba and so being a legend is already in the stars for him. 

Here’s some his-story for ya:

John has been on the music scene since 2008 ( yeah yeah I know, you’d swear I’m like Patrick living under a rock) he has worked with and has shared the stage with the likes of some amazingly talented local and international muso’s: 

  • Benjamin Dube
  • Joyous celebrations
  • Simphiwe Dana. 

He has shared a stage with the lovely:

  • Tamia
  • Maxwell and
  • Anthony Hamilton

I know right? Dude has been around.

John broke into the acting scene back in 2014 after he completed his drama course. 

He has starred in some popular theatre productions:

  • Daily skinner 
  • Off sight 
  • Sophiretown 
  • Rain song 

And this is just to name a few.

Actor through and through if you ask me. 

The 411 on where he’s at now! 

Musically, John is currently working on an EP which will God-willingly, drop in November this year. For those of you who don’t know what an EP is ( confessions, I didn’t know what it was until recently ) it is the same as an album but with fewer songs on. #thankmelater.

As an actor,John is currently directing a play called ” till death do us part” I know hey, brother is doing things for himself and we love it! No better feeling than seeing young folk so dedicated to turning their dreams into reality. 

But that’s not all, Mr Paka has also recently registered his own company: House of Paka 

His company is a production house  which will specialize in the below: 

  • Artist management 
  • Event management 
  • Photography 

He is currently the only artist signed to his company however, I have no doubt that that will change and soon. 

House of Paka will also produce the “Fees must fall” production which will stage later this year. I can barely manage my blog and here he is killing it. 

Now I just couldn’t help but ask John about his future endeavors. I mean you can understand why I was so intrigued right! Good! 

Well here it goes. 

This legend in the making has ambitions , he would like to work with the following artists in he near future 

  • Tshepo Tshola
  • HHP
  • Pitch black Afro 
  • Zola 7
  • The muffins 

He also would like to perform his single as the opening act of Casper’s #FillUpFNB 

And last but definitely not least, would love to work with or bring over the following international muso’s

  • Mos def now known as Yasiin Bey and,
  • Junior Gong (Damian Marley) 

Jaws dropping yet? I know! Because mine were too and trust me, my intuition believes that all this and more will be conquered by John. He is a very good Sotho teacher as well 😊BTW.

” born poor is not an issue, but dying poor is” 

The wise words from the legend in the making himself.

You can check Mr Paka out by visiting his Facebook page, I know you won’t regret it, go on now and click Here.

Love and well wishes to John and to all of you reading! 

From just an ordinary girl to the world. Love and light to you all.